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War and Self-Defense$
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David Rodin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199257744.001.0001

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War and Defense of Persons

War and Defense of Persons

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War and Self-Defense


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This chapter examines the right to national-defence (as conceived by its supporters) where there is no right of personal self-defence; and that the right of national-defence, if it is a genuine right, cannot be grounded in the end of defending the lives of individuals. It is argued that the reductive strategy cannot provide a moral vindication of the right of national-defence. Although all acts of aggression involve at least conditional threats against the lives or central rights of persons, there is no general right to resist conditional threats against the central rights of persons with lethal force.

Keywords:   national-defence, rights, reductive strategy, aggression, war, invasion

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